Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

– Luke 2:34-35 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

The priest Simeon gave the young parents Mary and Joseph much to think about at the dedication of Jesus. Jesus would polarize people throughout Israel. On top of that, Mary would be pierced in her soul many years later as she witnessed his death on a cross. This picture of the Christ—one who would be a healing balm while exposing sin—describes someone who is good, yet dangerous. Do we see Jesus like this? A view of Jesus that doesn’t pierce our soul is not the Jesus of the Bible.

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